Mekong Region

This is a report of the workshop that was organised to widen the discussion on the concepts and critiques of the REDD programme  (Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to coincide with meetings of the UNFCCC in Bangkok from 3-8 April 2011.   Around 55 participants gathered together from Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, India, Nepal, and Japan. This included around 30 from local or regional NGOs, around 10 participants from indigenous peoples groups, and around 10 from peoples’ networks in Thailand.

For generations, the peoples of the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) have practised locally-developed, diverse forms of agriculture and fisheries. The majority of the country's population depends directly on small-holder agriculture and the natural environment for their livelihoods. Over the past decades, the country's decision-makers have adopted a development strategy aimed at rapid expansion of the monetary economy through exploitation of the country's natural wealth—land, forests, rivers, minerals and biodiversity.

by Ignacio Jose Minambres
With the increasing importance of Investment Flows and the impossibility to get agreements for its liberalization at the multilateral level, the developed economies are pushing for its inclusion in one way or another in the bilateral trade agreements that are being negotiated and signed, more ostensibly since the collapse of the Doha Round of the WTO.

Through the study of the agreements already signed by the EU we can foresee what will be the expectations the European bloc has for the negotiations it is holding with the ASEAN nations. In this paper we try to make a first analysis an understanding of what it is aiming to get and how it would affect a set of countries with such disparities as ASEAN.

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